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State fund advances titanium powder research, 9 other Iowa State projects
Date:11/5/2008

son has already developed and patented a special pouring tube that can stand up to molten titanium and the atomization technology used to convert the molten metal into titanium powder.

With the help of the Grow Iowa Values Fund grant, "We're putting the pieces together to develop this prototype," Anderson said. "We want to demonstrate this technology to attract venture capital. This is a great chance to do something like spin off a company."

The other Grow Iowa Values Fund grants at Iowa State this year are:

  • $143,814 to Atul Kelkar, professor of mechanical engineering; and Brent Shanks, professor of chemical and biological engineering. They're working with Innovative Energy Solutions Inc. of Ames to develop a continuous process that uses high temperatures and a combination of catalysts to convert waste plastics, crude oil sludge and tar sand into diesel fuel and other useful products.

  • $125,550 to Jesse Goff, a professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Goff will work with two Ames companies Glycomyr and Heartland Assays to study whether products based on vitamin D3 can inhibit cancer cells.

  • $117,150 to Victor Lin, a professor of chemistry and program director of Chemical and Biological Sciences for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory; and George Kraus, professor of chemistry and director of Iowa State's Institute for Physical Research and Technology. They'll work with a Muscatine company, Grain Processing Corp., to develop a catalytic process that efficiently converts renewable feedstocks into a chemical precursor to a common industrial polymer. The process could reduce industry's reliance on fossil fuels and some hazardous chemicals.

  • $104,690 to Michael Olsen, an associate professor of mechanical engineering; Hui Hu, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering; and Z.J. Wang, a professor of aerospace engineering. They're working with J-TEC Associ
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Contact: Iver Anderson
andersoni@ameslab.gov
515-294-9791
Iowa State University
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